Tamura said Umno should take heed of the Liberal Democratic Party of Japan’s fall from grace last year, after being in power for half a century.
Like Umno, LDP enjoyed a landslide victory several years ago.
But, it suffered massive defeat in last year’s election,” he said at the international forum on “The Creation of Global Citizen: Media Liberali*sation And The New Political Realities” yesterday in conjunction with the Umno General Assembly.
Tamura, a former LDP minister, said the party became too arrogant after the landslide victory in 2004.
There were a lot of signals from the ground reflecting public unhappiness over certain policies.
“People were anxious because the economy remained stagnant for two decades. But the party did not address the concerns,” he said.
The regime change last year posed a painful lesson for LDP, said Tamura who later joined the Democratic Party of Japan.
Similarly, people in Malaysia had expressed their dissatisfaction in the 2008 general election. The future of Umno is at stake if it did not address the root causes of the people’s frustration, he said.
* Kerajaan BN akan tumbang sekiranya membelakangkan tuntutan rakyat dan mengketengahkan tuntutan parti
* UMNO patut mencontohi kejatuhan empayar LDP (Liberal Democratic Party) yg memerintah Jepun untuk setengah abad
* Kekecewaan rakyat yang dicerminkan dalam PRU 2008 merujuk kepada penolakkan Kerajaan BN
* Masa depan UMNO dalam bahaya jika masalah akar umbi rakyat tidak ditangani